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Drought in Ethiopia 2015

Ethiopia is not immune to the devastating effects of climate change. The failure of consecutive rainy seasons since early 2015 has severely impacted different regions of the country and the ensuing drought has been difficult and prolonged. This drought has been recognized as one of the worst in 50 years, and with 10.2 million people requiring humanitarian assistance, the needs of the affected population are immense.

A specific needs assessment was carried out from February to April 2016 by APA/CVM personnel with the aim of determining the particular issues for the woredas (districts) where APA/CVM has been established for many years.

This drought has affected the livelihoods of many people – more than 86% of the population reside in rural kebeles (villages) and derive their livelihood from farming activities.

Access to education for children in the effected areas has also been impacted by the drought. Some schools have very limited access to water and in some instances this has resulted in children collapsing during class.

The objectives of the programme intervention are to restore and enhance the livelihood of the people living in the area of intervention affected by the drought and to form a bridge between the immediate emergency response and the long term development response.

This intervention includes:

  • Answering the emergency needs of the population
  • Promoting the social and economic role of women within their communities
  • Building the resilience of the population to future shocks of a similar nature.

Funds are being sought from government agencies, corporate and private donors, NGO’s, and philanthropic organizations. We rely of the public’s support in these times of crisis. If you would like to make a donation to help APA respond to this crisis, please visit our donate page.